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CROWDRISE : Feb 02, 2016
Tax ID: 36-4435604
BASED: Chicago, IL, United States



Centro Autonomo

At Centro Autonomo, a community center for immigrants, we unite our strength with women, men, young people, children and neighbors, with whom we share hopes, dreams, and ideas.

The Albany Park Autonomous Center, or Centro Autónomo is located in Albany Park, Chicago, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country.  The Centro opened its doors in September of 2006 to create a space that constructs community, builds political consciousness, and unites people in and around the Latin@ immigrant struggle.

The Centro Autónomo is a community center in every sense of the word.  It is a place where people meet their neighbors, share stories and dreams, and create community-driven projects for empowerment. In this time of extreme anti-immigrant sentiment and free trade regimes that demolish economies, our space serves as a place to reconstruct the collectivity which the current economic system is very efficient at destroying.

The practice of community-building is rooted in monthly assemblies and weekly meetings with different committees established by community members. When the Centro opened, English classes were set by the community as a main priority, and they began with 5 students taking classes three days a week. From these five students word of mouth spread through Albany Park and classes slowly filled. Now about fifty people participate in popular education-based ESL classes at the Centro. We also have an alternative high school program for adults, and organize around housing and immigration issues in the neighborhood.

Tax ID: 36-4435604 •